Featured Content September 17, 2019 - Commemorating the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution, and recognizing those who have become U.S. citizens
The signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention, established America’s national government and fundamental laws. At the 1787 convention delegates formulated a plan for a stronger government establishing three branches – Executive, Legislative and Judicial – along with a system of checks and balances ensuring no single branch would have too much power.
It wasn’t until 2004 that the holiday took on the full name it bears today. In 2004, an amendment was passed renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” requiring public schools and institutions to provide information on the history of the country’s Constitution.
The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, popularly known as the Constitution Annotated, encompasses the U.S. Constitution and analysis and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution with in-text annotations of cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. The Constitution Annotated is available on govinfo back to the 1992 edition.
- See the Constitution Annotated on the Congress.gov website in HTML format that is convenient to search and browse, or download the Library of Congress app, for legal analysis and interpretation of the Constitution.
- Learn more about Observing Constitution Day on the National Archives' website.
- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website highlights resources for learners and educators related this this important day, including materials to prepare for the naturalization process.
U.S. Constitution Facts and Figures:
- Although written and signed in 1787, it wasn’t until June 21, 1788, that it was ratified by the necessary nine of thirteen states to become binding.
- There were 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, although only 39 signed the document.
- Twelve of the 13 states were represented; Rhode Island did not send delegates to the Convention.
- Benjamin Franklin, 81, was the oldest delegate to the Constitutional Convention; Jonathan Dayton, 26, was the youngest. (Source: Ben's Guide, A Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program.)